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David Weber

David and Sharon Weber at CONduit 17.
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, short story author
GenresScience fiction (esp. military science fiction), fantasy, alternate history
Notable work(s)Honor Harrington series

David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs".[5]

Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.[1]


His writing

His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to alternate history (1632 series with Eric Flint) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization.[6]

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes. By frequently placing female leading characters in what have previously been seen as traditionally male roles, he has explored the challenges faced by women in the military and politics. In his writing he creates a consistent and rationally explained technology and society.[2]

The most popular character he has created is Honor Harrington.[2] Her story, together with the "Honorverse" she inhabits, has been developed through a series of 11 novels, four shared-universe anthologies, and two sub-series. The series has over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on the New York Times Best Seller list.[5]

A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest of history into his fiction. He is said to be interested in most periods of history, with a strong emphasis on military and diplomatic aspects of it.[7]

David Weber has said he started writing in fifth grade.[2] Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.[1][5] He prefers to write about strong characters. He develops a character's background story in advance in considerable detail because he wants that degree of comfort level with the character.[2] He has said he writes primarily in the evenings and at night.[7]

Weber has said he makes an effort to accept as many invitations to science fiction conferences and conventions as he can because finds that the opportunities for direct feedback from readers which conventions offer is extremely useful to him. He makes a habit of Tuckerizing people from fandom, particularly in the Honor Harrington books (see e.g. Jordin Kare).[7]

In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[8]

In a video interview, he stated that he is a Methodist lay preacher, and that he tries to explore in his writing how religions (both real-life and fictional ones) can be forces for good on the one hand, and misused to defend evil causes on the other hand.[9]

Published works

Many of Weber's books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).

The first edition hardcover releases by Baen Books of War of Honor, Wind Rider's Oath, At All Costs, Hell Hath No Fury and Torch of Freedom each contained a CD, holding electronic copies of all books of David Weber up to that moment. The CD labels explicitly stated that the contents are freely distributable. The CD's have been mirrored on various sites.[10][11]

Honor Harrington series

Works related to the Honor Harrington series

Worlds of Honor anthologies

Short stories related to the Honor Harrington series - edited by David Weber

Wages of Sin sub-series

Saganami sub-series

Dahak series

War God series

  • Oath of Swords (February 1995) ISBN 0-671-87642-2
  • The War God's Own (May 1998) ISBN 0-671-87873-5
  • Wind Rider's Oath (May 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8821-0
  • Sword Brother, a novella published together with a January 2007 edition of Oath of Swords, ISBN 1-4165-2086-4

Safehold series

Other novels

  • Path of the Fury (December 1992) ISBN 0-671-72147-X
  • The Apocalypse Troll (January 1999) ISBN 0-671-57845-6
  • The Excalibur Alternative (January 2002) ISBN 0-671-31860-8, expands Sir George and the Dragon, a short story which appeared in the anthology Foreign Legions edited by David Drake (2001) ISBN 0-671-31990-6
  • Bolo! (January 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9872-0
  • Old Soldiers (January 2007) ISBN 1-4165-0898-8
  • In Fury Born (April 2006) ISBN 1-4165-2054-6 is an expanded re-issue of Path of the Fury


  • Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories (September 2008) ISBN 978-159606-177-4


With Steve White

Starfire series (based on the Starfire games)

  • Insurrection (November 1990) ISBN 0-671-72024-4
  • Crusade (March 1992) ISBN 0-671-72111-9
  • In Death Ground (May 1997) ISBN 0-671-87779-8
  • The Shiva Option (February 2002) ISBN 0-671-31848-9
  • The Stars at War (August 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8841-5 is an omnibus hardcover re-issue of Crusade and In Death Ground
  • The Stars at War II (July 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9912-3 is an omnibus hardcover re-issue of The Shiva Option and Insurrection with 20,000 words of connecting material and restored edits.

With John Ringo

Empire of Man series

With Eric Flint

1632 series

  • 1633 (July 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3542-7
  • 1634: The Baltic War (May 2007) ISBN 1-4165-2102-X
  • In the Navy, a short story in the anthology Ring of Fire edited by Eric Flint (2004) ISBN 0-7434-7175-X, set in the world of the 1632 series

In the Honor Harrington series, see Wages of Sin sub-series

With Linda Evans

Multiverse series

  • Hell's Gate (April 2008) ISBN 1-4165-0939-9
  • Hell Hath No Fury (June 2008) ISBN 1-4165-2101-1

Multi-author collections

  • The Warmasters (2002) ISBN 0-7434-3534-6, includes David Weber's Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington together with Island by Eric Flint and Choosing sides by David Drake.


  1. ^ a b c d "Hot News from Baen Books". Baen Books. March 3, 2000. http://www.baen.com/press.htm#Ashes. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Interview by Alyse Wilson
  3. ^ Anvil, Christopher (First printing, April 2003). "Introduction by David Weber". The Interstellar Patrol. edited by Eric Flint, Cover art by Mark Hennessey-Barratt. P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471: Baen Publishing Enterprises. pp. p. 3. ISBN ISBN 0-7434-3600-8. http://www.baen.com. "I'm delighted that someone is making Christopher Anvil's work available once again. Especially the Interstellar Patrol stories. Vaughan Roberts, Morrissey, and Hammell have always been three of my very favorite characters, and I've always loved Anvil's . . . peculiar sense of humor.
       "I suppose, if I'm going to be honest, that Roberts' J-class ship is another of my favorite characters. In fact, although I hadn't realized it until I sat down to write this introduction, I suspect that there was a lot of the Patrol boat's computer hiding somewhere in the depths of my memory when I created Dahak for the Mutineers' Moon series. After all, Dahak is simply another self-aware ship kidnapping itself a captain on a somewhat larger scale. They even have a few personality traits in common."
  4. ^ John Joseph Adams (May 7, 2007). "David Weber takes readers on a tour Off Armageddon Reef and discusses writing, religion and responsibility". SCI FI Weekly. SciFi.com. http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw15625.html. Retrieved January 22, 2009. "It occurred to me a few years go that the person who really got me interested in world-building was Annie McCaffrey. Her world of Pern fascinated me from the day that I read the very first novel in serialized form in Analog." 
  5. ^ a b c d WebScription.net
  6. ^ Convergence 2009
  7. ^ a b c Stephen Hunt (2002). "In Honor I gained them". SF Crowsnest.com. http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/sfnews2/02_july/news0702_1.shtml. Retrieved January 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection
  9. ^ Blackfive video interview with David Weber on Baen.com
  10. ^ BaenCD at The Fifth Imperium
  11. ^ Text of all of the Baen CD-ROM labels
  12. ^ Torch of Freedom
  13. ^ http://www.davidweber.net/books
  14. ^ http://www.davidweber.net/faqs/index/series:6

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